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Chrome a bit less secret as PDF reader goes open-source

The software Google's browser uses to show PDF files has been proprietary for years, but now it's an open-source project called PDFium that others can scrutinize or use themselves.

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Chrome extension provides easy button to close overlay pop-ups

BehindTheOverlay provides a consistent button and keyboard shortcut to close those annoying website overlays.

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Google demotes Chrome feature that would hide full Web addresses

Those who want their browser to show Web sites' full addresses should be happy that Google put work on its "origin chip" on the back burner.

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Get Facebook's Chat Heads in Chrome with Faces.im

This Chrome extension lets you read and reply to Facebook messages without leaving your current page.

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Send drawings to friends with Google Hangouts on the Web

Taking a page from the quick sketch and annotation tools you can find on some smartphones, Google is adding these abilities to its Hangouts app -- but just in the Web version for now.

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Today's Safari flops on Apple's new browser speed tests

Apple's browser doesn't do so well in new performance benchmarks, but expect the next-gen version to do better. Also: Why Apple likes a certain Mozilla technology.

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Edward Snowden appeared by teleconference at SXSW Monday.

Snowden sounds call to action for Reset the Net web protest

The NSA document leaker joins Google, Mozilla, Reddit, and many others in a campaign and day of action that aims to help Internet users "take back" their privacy.

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Privacy is trendy: Google making high-end encryption easy

With spy-grade security, Google is making it harder for the NSA to read your e-mail. And Apple adds the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo to Safari options.

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Google takes Chrome 64-bit for speed boost on Windows

New test versions of Google's browser catch up to a processor upgrade that began a decade ago. Google promises better speed, security, and stability.

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How to install Chrome extensions manually

​Not finding the extension you need on the Chrome Web Store? Despite Google's recent process change, third-party extensions can still be installed with just a few steps. Read on to learn how.

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Google drops plug-ins from Chrome Web Store results

Plug-ins like Silverlight and Google Earth will be harder to find in the Chrome Web Store as Google works to build a safer, faster Web browser.

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Go incognito when launching Chrome on Windows

Need to keep your browsing habits private or just trying to avoid cookies? Read on to find out how you can launch Chrome into incognito automatically.

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